Each year as we head into the spring and summer, we like to get outside and start working in the garden. Here is a quick refresher on backyard composting.
Strike a Balance
As a rule-of-thumb, you should be adding equal amounts of GREENS and BROWNS. Add alternate layers of brown (such as dry leaves or shrub prunings) and green (such as fresh leaves, weeds, and grass clippings) material to increase the efficiency of the composting. Bury food scraps in the center of the pile under a layer of soil or finished compost.
Don't Forget the Elements
Your compost needs a to remain moist in order to be effective. Keep it damp - not soaking wet. And in the heat of summer, be sure to check moisture and sprinkle with water when dry. Your compost also needs air: turn, or aerate, your compost every 2 - 3 weeks. You may also use a broom handle to poke holes throughout the pile.
Within 2 - 3 months you will have finished compost you can use around the yard.